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Records may come from Corsair, for example, who overtook the 1GHz bar in May. The company introduced its XMS2-8000UL with the record timings for this speed: 5-4-4-9. That’s impressive, no doubt. And that’s also something really useful and reasonable.

Considering such speeds, the offers of the tardy Kingmax and Infineon come in most handy: they prepared DDR2-800 modules for Computex, and Infineon’s 800MHz modules can work without heatsinks. GeIL made an addition to its Ultra-X series: PC3200 modules of DDR SDRAM with latencies of 1.5-2-2-2! That’s a truly useful offer indeed.

Other manufacturers focused on the workstation and server market rather than on overclockers in May. Transcend released quite ordinary DDR2-667 modules of 512MB and 1GB capacities, while the other two offers were more original. Kingston introduced 4GB PC2700 modules (this standard still remains the most popular in server platforms) with support of not only ECC but also of Quad Rank (four DRAM chips on a module can be addressed simultaneously).

Infineon showed modules of a humbler functionality but these were DDR2-400 and – what was more important – 8GB capacity. The thickness of the modules is a record-breaking 4.1 millimeters, which is another confirmation of the fact that the German company remains an unrivalled leader as concerns high-density chip packaging. This leadership is paid for by the company’s clients: the retail price of the new product is something like $10,000.

In May, Infineon was spotted in another field, too. At the end of the month they announced that the company, in conjunction with IBM and Macronix, will get to developing phase-change memory – it’s when the state of a special material changes from an amorphous to a crystalline structure. DRAM isn’t concerned here at all. This new memory is going to be a competitor to flash memory, rather.

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